Amanda Jain

@wensday95

Literary Agent repping adult fiction and nonfiction @bookendslit . You can query me at QueryMe.Online/AmandaJain. Books, books, books, always the books.

BookEnds Literary Agency

Amanda Jain @wensday95 · Mar 26

Joanne Machin is querying! @heyjomachin

I *think* I have a basic understanding of it as a writer—but I’d love additional input. “Voice” has been so huge in everything I read re:pub. What is your best answer to what exactly is “voice?” #AskAgent

Replying to @heyjomachin

Voice is so important and so hard to explain, but what is it about your writing, the way you tell a story, that is unique to you. Lots of authors write horror, but who has a voice like Stephen King? Who else writes dialogue like Elmore Leonard? #askagent

Amanda Jain @wensday95 · Mar 26

KAClaytor @KAClaytor

What are agents thoughts on representing overseas authors?#AskAgent

Replying to @KAClaytor

I have clients in France, South Africa, and the UK, and BookEnds reps authors in many other countries as well. We make it work! #askagent

Amanda Jain @wensday95 · Mar 26

Mattie Noall @MattieNoall

Do you like it if a writer tells you of other projects they have in the works too? #AskAgent

Replying to @MattieNoall

Absolutely! It helps to know if I'm the right agent for you. For example, if I'm offering on an adult book but you really want to write middle grade and that's where you see your career going, I'm probably not the right agent for you. #askagent

Amanda Jain @wensday95 · 28 Feb 2019

Caroline Bertaud @BertaudCaroline

@bookendslit #AskAgent I’ve heard agents prioritize—or are more interested in —debut authors whose novels are part of a series, is that true?

Replying to @BertaudCaroline

Certainly not for me, but I can't speak for every agent. Sure, it's great if you're able to sell 5 books vs selling 1, but that's no guarantee even if the author is writing a series so it doesn't factor in my decision making. If I love the book, I love the book. #askagent

Amanda Jain @wensday95 · 28 Feb 2019

Jennifer Vanderputten 🌊✒️📔💻 @JenVanderputten

@bookendslit #AskAgent If an author has a book published by a small press & wants to get an agent for the next MS, is there an expectation to give the small press the first chance on it? Like agents get first chance on a client's next MS? I don't know the etiquette 😳

Replying to @JenVanderputten

If you have a contract with an option clause in it, then read that clause carefully. You may have a contractual obligation to show them the next book, depending on how the clause is worded. If not, then you should be under no obligation to show them further work. #askagent

Amanda Jain @wensday95 · 11 Sep 2018

Sédrie Danielle @SedrieDanielle

@BookEndsJessica Hi Jessica! After being rejected by agents and publishers, I began using betas to see if it was likeable. Everyone who has read my book loves it, but I can't seem to get the powers that be to read it. Do agents read past the queries if they don't like them? #askagent

Replying to @SedrieDanielle

Hard to say for sure without seeing it, but it may be one of two problems. A) The query itself isn't strong enough at getting your story across / hooking an agent's interest, or B) The premise itself is something that agents aren't feeling is marketable right now. #askagent

Amanda Jain @wensday95 · 11 Sep 2018

Jessica Faust @BookEndsJessica

@DMandzz @bookendslit @AgentJessicaA @NaomisLitPix I don't always read the pages. In fact, I'd say for most I don't. But I wouldn't say my decision is based on a bad query. Usually it's an idea I don't resonate with #askagent

Replying to @BookEndsJessica

Ditto. If it's a premise I'm interested in, I'll probably give the pages a chance even if the query is a bit of a mess. I know queries are hard to write. But if the premise just isn't for me, I won't go on to the pages. #askagent